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Recent Press Releases

CHICAGO—CSO Music Director Riccardo Muti returns to Chicago in March for two weeks of CSO programs that continue the cycle of Schubert’s symphonic works which began at the start of the 2013/14 season. Concerts with Maestro Muti take place on March 20-22 and 26-29, 2014. The first week’s program includes Schubert’s Symphony No. 9, the “Great” C Major and Schumann’s Piano Concerto featuring pianist Mitsuko Uchida.
CHICAGO—Riccardo Muti, music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), and an internationally celebrated conductor, can now add three more awards to the dozens he has received over the course of his career.
CHICAGO—Due to a scheduling conflict, renowned Mexican singer Paquita la del Barrio has postponed her upcoming Symphony Center Presents Special Concert on Sunday, March 30. The concert, which marks her Symphony Center debut, has been moved to Saturday, June 28 at 8 p.m.
CHICAGO—The Symphony Center Presents series hosts world-renowned classical tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain and the Masters of Percussion on Friday, April 4 at 8 p.m.  A much-anticipated artist on the Symphony Center Presents series since his debut in 2008, Hussain delivers an inspired, genre-defying performance with fellow percussion masters Selvaganesh Vinayakram (Kanjira and Ghatam), Steve Smith (Western Drums), Niladri Kumar (Sitar), Dilshad Khan (Sarangi), Deepak Bhatt (Dhol) and Vijay Chavan (Dholki). Hussain recently performed on the Symphony Center Presents Jazz Series in October 2013 as a special guest with the Herbie Hancock Quartet.
CHICAGO—The 20th anniversary celebration of Symphony Center Presents (SCP) Jazz continues with two concerts in March and April. Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO), a fixture on the SCP Jazz series since the group’s first appearance in 1998, return to Symphony Center on Friday, March 28 at 8 p.m. An SCP Jazz double-bill on Friday, April 18 at 8 p.m. includes Mavis Staples, in her first Symphony Center appearance since 2007, and acclaimed jazz violinist Regina Carter, who has appeared on the SCP Jazz series many times since her debut in 1997.
CHICAGO—The Symphony Center Presents Chamber Music series continues with the innovative Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) led by violinist Richard Tognetti on Sunday, March 23 at
3 p.m.  In a fitting precursor to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Spring 2014 Truth to Power Festival, which explores and presents the music of groundbreaking 20th century musicians Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Britten, the ACO program includes Prokofiev’s Suite from Visions fugitives and Five Melodies for Violin and Strings, Britten’s Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge, as well as Two Pieces for String Octet and Concerto No. 1 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings in C Minor by Shostakovich.
CHICAGO—Maestro Riccardo Muti announced this morning that he will extend his tenure as Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO). Jay Henderson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA), and Deborah F. Rutter, President of the CSOA, confirmed that Muti has signed a contract that provides for the extension of his tenure as music director of the CSO through 2020.
CHICAGO—Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Music Director Riccardo Muti and Deborah F. Rutter, president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA), announce the programming for the CSO and Symphony Center Presents (SCP) 2014/15 season—the Orchestra’s 124th season and Maestro Muti’s fifth season as music director. Next season, Maestro Muti leads ten weeks of subscription concerts in four residencies with the Orchestra in Chicago, with appearances in September/October, January, February/March and June. In addition, he leads the Orchestra on a three-week tour of Europe in October and November, and in three performances at Carnegie Hall in January.